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Betty Ann Kaufman, 90, died Saturday, September 1, 2018. She was the much loved and loving sister of Samuel (Liza) Kaufman and the late Larry (Marie) Kaufman. Dear aunt of David (Kathleen) Kaufman, Stephen (Lisa) Kaufman, Liza (Fuzz) Hogan, Laura (Dave Levine) Kaufman, Kathy (Bryan) Weber and Julie (Louis) Baigorria, as well as her devoted 12 great nieces and nephews and four cousins. Betty was born in Montgomery, Alabama, the daughter of Louis M. Kaufman and Beatrice K. Schneiderman. Upon graduating high school, with highest honors, she attended Swarthmore College near Philadelphia. She returned to Montgomery, where she served as executive secretary to the Rabbi of Temple Beth Or. Later, after moving to Chicago, she entered Northwestern University, and earned a BA in education. After her graduation, she accepted a position as librarian in charge of children's books in the Chicago Public Library system; a position she held for 40 years. Inspired by the classics that she read to young people, she often performed scenes for them with her marionettes. Betty devoted herself to civil rights causes both in the South and after moving to Illinois. She was noted for having the courage of her convictions, and upholding truth and honesty in government. In the years since her retirement, Betty enjoyed reading, attending civic and cultural events, as well as keeping up with city, state and worldwide happenings. Memorial service Sunday, September 23, 11AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 195 North Buffalo Grove Road, (one block north of Lake Cook Road) Buffalo Grove. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104, www.splcenter.org and Window to the World Communications Inc, 5400 North St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 www.wttw.com Arrangements by: Chicago Jewish Funerals, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Sept. 16, 2018
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